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NY Yankees George Steinbrenner Early Eulogy And Thank You

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 10, 2009

This is not meant to be morbid. Unfortunately, people give thanks to family, friends, and other people after they have passed away.

Not knowing how ill, or how much time he has left, here is a message to The Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

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George –

Thank you for purchasing The Yankees.  We do not know you personally, but , we Yankee Fans, appreciate everything you have done for us.

You took an average team in the 1970’s and brought it back to greatness.  You put your heart and money into the organization.  You brought us Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Joe Torre, and other elite, big name stars.  Of course there were free agent flops along the way but we appreciate that you were always willing to spend the money and “go for it”.

There is not much more a sports fan can ask of an owner.

Thank you George!

New York Yankee Fans

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The top 3 lies of all time – the updated list

Posted by TopOfTheThread on February 22, 2009

We used to joke around that 3 of the great lies of all time were

  1. The check is in the mail
  2. You can’t get pregnant the first time
  3. It’s not you. It’s me.

Recently there seems to be a need to update this list. Here are a few updated examples

  1. Read my lips, no new taxes <George Bush>
  2. I did not have sex with that woman <Bill Clinton referring to Monica Lewinsky>
  3. I did not take steroids or any performance enhancing drugs <Alex Rodriguez, he later recanted>.(Not to stick up for him for his ethics and motives, but it’s kind of interesting how Jose Canseco has NOT turned out to be as big a liar as we thought… right?)

The check is in the mail. I suppose we can keep that one on the list for Bernie Madoff.

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Who can we trust these days?  It has become a sad environment, not just because of the financial problems,  political polarity, etc…  but because of the warranted distrust in the world.  Here is a song that has come to mind. It is not an exact fit  (actually it’s a stretch) , but today, where are all our leaders? Who can we trust? Our athletic heroes?

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ESPN betrays the Yankees and MLB

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 10, 2008

Over the last year or so, ESPN and other sports carriers have been providing “open- or all-access” to professional sports.

You, the viewer, get to (for example) sit in the locker room and listen to Doc Rivers instruct Paul Piece,hand gripping a baseball tipping pitches Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and the rest of the Boston Celtics on what they should be doing in the second half of the game. Typically the coach has already told the team private, strategic message. By the time the camera is turned on, the viewer usually hears meaningless dribble like “fight over the pick-n-rolls” or “play hard, we have this game.”

In another sports scenario, a hockey player will be mike’d. You hear some of his conversation and banter. The viewer sees and hears a very moderated and edited clip. There is specifically no cursing and “important” interaction with the coaching staff.

We know ESPN (et al) are trying to give the viewers a taste of being behind the scenes at a professional sporting event. Nice try but weak. And now it seems like ESPN may have pulled a “Bill Belichick” and poked the cameras where they don’t belong.

According to Bronx Liason, “(July 7, 2008 ) While Brett Gardner led off the eighth inning, the ESPN cameras peered into the tunnel – which they’re not supposed to do – and caught Bobby Abreu showing Alex Rodriguez how Manny Delcarmen tips his pitches.” ESPN and everyone knew what they (ESPN) were doing was wrong. ESPN announcer Joe Morgan said, “I don’t think we should have showed that…”.

ESPN had been showing the players sharing how the pitcher was tipping off his pitches.

ESPN stepped over the line. Not just the Yankees, but Major League Baseball (MLB) needs to reinforce the rules with them. Obviously this needs to be done in a delicate way in that ESPN pays major fees to MLB, but it needs to be done.

ESPN is given special permission to be invasive. They need to use better judgement and not give up something strategic to the entire viewing public. They knew exactly what they were doing.

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Tapped: Early morning Yankee chat

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 20, 2008

The other person is unaware the chat will be posted. All “tapped” postings have had their screen names changed to protect the innocent. Date: 6/20/08:

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(7:55:35 AM) TopOfTheThread: joba
(7:59:47 AM) Friend_of_TopOfTheThread:

The unbelievable story

of Alfredo Aceves continues to grow as the 25 year-old RHP proved tonight he has no challenges left for him at AA-Trenton. Over eight scoreless innings Tuesday night, Aceves allowed just one hit, struck out four and walked two. Over six starts at AA, Mr. Aceves has a 1.64 ERA over 44 innings [7+ innings per start], striking out 33, walking just 5, with 33 hits and a ridiculous WHIP of 0.86.

In the same game, Austin Jackson went 4-for-5, hit his fourth homer in as many games [his se

(8:00:18 AM) Friend_of_TopOfTheThread:

and look up mark melancon-the next joba-is being moved to scranton

(8:00:57 AM) TopOfTheThread:

looks good

(8:01:02 AM) TopOfTheThread:

but what about 2008?

(8:01:26 AM) Friend_of_TopOfTheThread:

he’ll be up in 2008 melancon is the closer of the future

(8:03:14 AM) TopOfTheThread:

the yanks are only 5 out of 1st and 3.5 out of the wildcard. Make the playoffs and you never know

(8:05:03 AM) Friend_of_TopOfTheThread:

I don’t think the season could have worked out better to this point-the infusion of youth, conversion of joba, adversity of monstrous injuries, and now this close.

(8:06:37 AM) TopOfTheThread:

Agreed. And now Chien-Ming Wang goes down. Forces them to look harder at their youth. Psyched.

(8:09:22 AM) TopOfTheThread:

(8:09:49 AM) TopOfTheThread:

g2g

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‘Told you about Joba… (Should have stayed in bullpen)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 4, 2008

Followup to previous post — See post of May 22, 2008Joba Chamberlain NY Yankees pitcher
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Hopefully this (experiment, move, transition) works out better than Joba’s first start.

Now, Joba is shaky and the bullpen is shaky. The starting rotation is no better. The pen is worse.

If you move him back, you show you have lost confidence in him. He loses confidence in himself as a starter and then has additional pressure as a reliever.

The Yankees have hurt themselves and have painted Joba in a corner. Exactly what they did not want to do.

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Yankees moving Joba Chamberlain to starting rotation — BIG MISTAKE!

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 22, 2008

The main issue this year has been the lack of run production. ARod and Posada have been out. Many of the other players have been producing below average offensively.(As you may remember, last year ARod single-handedly carried the Yankees through April and part of May. He has already hit 2 home runs in 2 gams… Really 3 home runs but we’ll discuss that on a later date.)

Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees

The Yankees will hit this year.

The Yankees moving Joba Chamberlain to the starting rotation is a BIG mistake.

While the Yankees have had a bad year, their pitching strategy has been solid.

  • Get the starting pitcher through the 1st 6 inning. (Mussina is a good example of this.)
  • Have Kyle Farnsworth, Jose Veras, or Latroy Hawkins pitch the 7th inning
  • Have Joba Chamberlain pitch the 8th inning
  • And have Mariano Rivera pitch the 9th

  • This has worked well for Mike Mussina (until his last start)
  • This strategy lets Pettitte only concern himself about 6 innings. (He is getting older)
  • Chien-Ming Wang can pitch as many innings as he wants.

This allows the Yankees to also have “starting pitching by committee”.

Why not groom Joba to take over for Mariano?

Joe – Keep Joba in the ‘pen. Don’t move him to the starting rotation!

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Yankees Jason Giambi wears a gold thong; “outs” his friends

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 16, 2008

The Daily News reports Jason Giambi wears thong when in slump, shares it with teammatesgold thong for Jason Giambi Yankees player

OK. Athletes are superstitious. Creatures of habit. It happens. We all saw the movie Major Leagues.

Do you know what’s on your way? Can you imagine the taunting you, and your teammates are going to receiving at Shea and Fenway? What were you thinking? Or did the steriods go to your mind?

And it’s one thing to admit your wearing a gold lamé, tiger-stripe thong under your uniform, but you “out’d” your teammates Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Johnny Damon, Robin Ventura, and Robinson Cano.

Notes to Giambi’s teammates, do not share any information with Giambi that you don’t want in the press:

  • Don’t tell him if you are dating more than one woman.(Derek)Jason Giambi
  • Don’t tell him if you are considering asking to be traded
  • Don’t tell him if you tried a performance enhancing drug
  • Don’t tell him if you don’t like Joe Girardi or Hank Steinbrenner
  • Don’t tell him if you missed curfew
  • Don’t tell him anything….

No code. No honor.

This potentially extremely long season just got longer for you and your teammates.

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Hey Babe – What size thong do you wear?

Jason Giambi Thong

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Jose Reyes – Mets should hire a team psychologist

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 16, 2008

Met fans…

Baseball is a great sport. Hate the Yankees as much as you want. The salaries. Whatever. But the YankeesJose Reyes, NY Mets, baseball always have heart.

The Mets will not “win” until they get rid of Jose Reyes (among others). He is an example of a player with all the physical talent in the world. Physically he is a hall of famer. Psychologically he belongs in double-a.

He is a head case and does not hustle. Remember his not running out balls the end of last year. That “record setting” last year.

It starts at the top. The hustle and attitude starts there. The Mets need a Lenny Dykstra type at the top… Perhaps they should get a team psychologist.

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To Boston Red Sox and NY Mets fans who feel the Yankees’ Derek Jeter is overrated…

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 8, 2008

To Boston Red Sox and NY Mets fans who feel Derek Jeter is overrated…

For years Boston Red Sox fans hate and scream obscenities at Derek Jeter. My favorite is a saying on a t-shirt that is sold around the corner from Fenway… “Jeter Swa????s”. Kudos. Funny. Creative. Derek Jeter, NY Yankees

The Mets fans whining that Jeter is overrated. That’s simply the green-eyed monster in Flushing. (Great finish last year boys.)

Jeter will be a 1st ballot Hall Of Famer…lifetime .310+ hitter… 3-time Gold Glove Winner…. 4-time World Series winner… 8-time All Star…

In addition to Jeter’s World Series rings, All Star trophies, Gold Gloves, money, etc… he has dated, or been connected with, 6 of the top 100 models on Maxim’s Top Model List.

We never again want to hear that Derek Jeter is overrated! All the stats, trophies and now the women!!! Case Closed.

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One of baseball’s best home run hitters of all time; Ken Griffey

Posted by TopOfTheThread on April 30, 2008

Chuck is absolutely correct about the focus. on sports

Ken Griffey is nearing 600 home runs and we hear not a peep about it. He has been one of the best all around players in the last 50 years, and if he had not gotten injured, he would be nearing 800 home runs! He is a true role model and drug free!

Meanwhile there has been constant chatter about Barry Bond’s breaking Hank Aaron’s record. The asterisk. Should it count… That is basically focusing on the half empty glass.

We should be taking positive looks on Ken Griffey… and soon Alex Rodriguez… ARod.. as they show how it IS stiill possible to do things the clean, correct way and succeed! (ARod.. get off the 15 day DL asap).

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